Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Type

Honors Project


College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Dorothee Dietrich



The study examined the degree to which gender role expectations, anticipated role conflict and same-gendered role models are related to women’s career centrality. It was predicted that women who adhere more to male norms than female norms will indicate more career centrality than women who adhere more to female norms; women who anticipate less work-family conflict will indicate more career centrality; women will identify female role models more often than male role models; and women who identify female role models will report those individuals to have a higher degree of impact on their career centrality. There were 97 students male (19) and female (78) from a single private, Midwestern liberal arts college that participated. Participants completed a survey, in which they responded to items measuring their adherence to male and female norms, items measuring their anticipation of work-family conflict in their future career, one item measuring the degree of impact their identified role model had on their career centrality, and items measuring their career centrality. Findings, revealed women identify female role models more often than they do male role models. The results also reveal a strong positive relationship between reported role model impact and career centrality. Finally, the current study revealed a positive relationship between male norm adherence and career centrality.








Departmental Honors Project